The Houses in Pride and Prejudice 2005

The Houses in Pride and Prejudice 2005

YouTube has some interesting videos in regard to the BBC series of Pride and Prejudice and the 2005 movie that I thought you all might enjoy. This post will concentrate on the 2005 movie because I liked Joe Wright’s reasons for choosing these particular homes. In another post, I’ll concentrate on the BBC version.

Burghley House is a large, lavish but dark house that served perfectly as Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s home Rosings Park. It fit the bill quite nicely. Love Wright’s comment concerning what surrounded Lady Catherine. 🙂

There were two beautiful homes that were used for Pemberley: the Duke of Devonshire’s home, Chatsworth, and Wilton House. Personally, I love Chatsworth and would thoroughly enjoy to see it in person. My Darcy Versus Series centers around Pemberley, and Chatsworth is my Pemberley. 🙂

Groombridge Place, I think, worked well as Longbourn. And this video is the first time I heard of Joe Wright’s reasons for choosing this particular house as the Bennet’s abode. It all made sense. And I was delighted at what they did to the interior to get the shots they needed for the film.


Would you believe that when I first worked up this post, I missed the video on Basildon Park which was utilized as Netherfield Park. This also included the Netherfield Ball as well as the scenes when Jane was recuperating there.

To present the whole of Pride and Prejudice in a little over two hours was quite an undertaking, and I think that Joe Wright accomplished the task of getting the essence of Jane Austen’s book across to the audiences. Using symbolism, doubling up on dialogue from two different scenes, and handling the filming in the way that he did along with a hauntingly beautiful musical score did the job quite nicely. And that’s why I love this movie.

For purists, I’m sure that only the 1995 BBC version will be pleasing. For me, though, the 2005 is the most satisfying for a number of counts, and the above items are just part of those reasons. I hope you enjoyed the videos. 🙂

9 Responses to The Houses in Pride and Prejudice 2005

  1. Thanks for all of these links. Great! And there were even more to check out on YouTube.

    • I agree. Burghley House was perfect for Rosings. Lady Catherine always impressed me as a very haughty individual who would live in a most ostentatious home to impress others. And Groombridge House was just plain fun. Did you know that the cast played sardines throughout the house? 🙂

    • You’re quite welcome, Linda. These interesting videos made me want to watch it again also. The 2005 version is one I can see over and over again and never tire of it. 🙂

    • I’m delighted you enjoyed them, Caryl. I appreciated the background of WHY these particular homes were chosen. Until I found the video, I had wondered why Groombridge was picked for Longbourn. Loved Joe Wright’s comment about five virgins protected by a moat. He has very interesting thought processes. 🙂

  2. Wonderful! I love the videos! I can’t think of anyone better to play lady Catherine than Dame Judi Dench!

    • Glad you liked the videos, Cindie. And, yes, I think Dame Judi Dench is the perfect proud, snooty, know-it-all Lady Catherine.

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